OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) was established to hold title to all real and personal property to be held in trust for Native Hawaiians and Hawaiians. Article XII, Section 5.
The Board of Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs was created to manage and administer the proceeds from the sale or other disposition of the lands, natural resources, minerals, and income derived from whatever sources for Native Hawaiians and Hawaiians, including all income and proceeds from that pro rata portion of the trust referred to in the State Constitution, Article XII, Section 4, for Native Hawaiians. The board also formulates policy relating to the affairs of Native Hawaiians and Hawaiians and exercises control over real personal property set aside by state, federal, or private sources and transferred to the board for Native Hawaiians and Hawaiians. Article XII, Section 6.
The board exercises control over the Office of Hawaiian Affairs through its executive officer, the administrator of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, who is appointed by the board. Article XII, Section 6.
COMPOSITION OF MEMBERS (HRS §13D-1)
The members of the Board of Trustees, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, are elected at‑large by qualified voters in the State of Hawaii. The board consists of the following nine (9) members:
· one (1) resident trustee from the Island of Hawaii
· one (1) resident trustee from the Island of Maui
· one (1) resident trustee from the Island of Molokai
· one (1) resident trustee from the Island of Kauai
· one (1) resident trustee from the Island of Oahu
· four (4) at-large trustees with no island residency required
QUALIFICATIONS OF MEMBERS (HRS §13D‑2)
· Currently registered voter
· Residency on island for a seat requiring residency
· Meets provisions (resign to run) of the Hawaii State Constitution Article II, Section 7.
· Does not hold any other public office in state or county government
ELECTION OF MEMBERS (HRS §13D‑4)
Members of the Board of Trustees, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, are nominated at a primary election and elected at the general election in every even numbered year. Nomination papers must be obtained from and submitted to the Chief Election Officer in a prescribed manner. Contests are conducted in an at‑large format, affording every qualified voter in the State of Hawaii the opportunity to vote for each and every candidate seeking election for any seat or jurisdiction.
TERM OF OFFICE (HRS §13D‑5)
Each board member’s term of office is four (4) years beginning on the day of the general election at which they are elected, or if elected at a primary election, on the day of the general election immediately following the primary election at which they are elected, and ending on the day of the second general election after their election. Members of the Board may be re‑elected without restriction as to the number of terms.
FILING DEADLINE (HRS §12-6)
For the 2014 election, the deadline to file nomination papers for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
NAME SEAT NEXT ELECTION
Robert K. Lindsey, Jr. Resident of Hawaii 2016
Carmen Hulu Lindsey Resident of Maui 2014
Dan Ahuna Resident of Kauai 2016
Rowena N. Akana No Island Residency 2014
S. Haunani Apoliona No Island Residency 2016
Oswald K. Stender No Island Residency 2014
John D. Waihee, IV No Island Residency 2014
This Factsheet is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as an authority on the Hawaii election law and deadlines. Requirements and/or deadlines may change pending changes in legislation. Consult the Hawaii Revised Statutes and other sources for more detailed and accurate requirements.
Office of Elections
802 Lehua Avenue
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
Neighbor Island Toll Free: 1-800-442-VOTE(8683)
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 Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Carmen Hulu Lindsey was elected in a Vacancy Election held on November 6, 2012 to fill a vacancy created upon the resignation of Trustee Boyd Mossman.